IPMBA Annual Conference
John-Michael Keyes, "I Love U Guys" Foundation
On September 27, 2006, a gunman entered Platte Canyon High School, held seven girls hostage and ultimately shot and killed Emily Keyes. During the time she was held hostage, Emily sent her parents these text messages: “I love you guys” and “I love u guys. k?”
Emily’s kindness, spirit, fierce joy, and the dignity and grace shown by the Keyes family following this tragic event define the core of the “I Love U Guys” Foundation.
John-Michael Keyes is the Executive Director of the “I Love U Guys” Foundation, which was created to restore and protect the joy of youth through educational programs and positive actions in collaboration with families, schools, communities, organizations and government entities.
John-Michael represents the “I Love U Guys” Foundation to districts, departments, agencies and school safety organizations.
His professional career has included graphic design, software development, and workflow analysis. The death of his daughter compelled Mr. Keyes to bring his professional expertise to the arena of school safety.
After extensive research, the “I Love U Guys” Foundation developed the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), a classroom response to any critical incident.
In 2012, the Foundation introduced the Standard Reunification Method (SRM), a practice that helps schools reunite students and parents with greater accountability and less uncertainty.
Since May 2009, as a result of hundreds of presentations at various types of events, conferences, and venues, these programs have been adopted by districts, departments and agencies in several states.